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ElasticBox Extends Hybrid Cloud Management with Additional Support for Clouds and Containers

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ElasticBox, the hybrid cloud application manager, today announced updates to its enterprise SaaS and virtual appliance products. This release brings enhanced capabilities to enable IT organizations to drive value, productivity and confidence throughout the enterprise. ElasticBox enables enterprises to scale and update private and public cloud deployments, and to easily migrate workloads from one cloud to another. ElasticBox provides a highly adaptive model that helps customers standardize the process of deployments and provision environments to ensure the ongoing performance of production applications.

“Based upon customer feedback, we continue to enhance ElasticBox to help our customers maximize the efficiency of their cloud operations. We’re excited about these enhancements which help enterprises take advantage of the latest services from cloud providers and the promise of containers,” shared Carol Carpenter, CEO of ElasticBox.

Additional Capabilities for Clouds
Today, ElasticBox enables application orchestration for more than 12 different cloud providers, including AWS, Azure, VMware and more. Based upon customer demand, ElasticBox has added support for CenturyLink Cloud, and has also added additional feature support for Google Compute Engine (GCE) and OpenStack.

Customers of ElasticBox can now take advantage of additional capabilities based on their needs, including: GCE features such as autoscaling support, Windows instances support, and a new functionality that allows users to select boot disk size. ElasticBox has also expanded its support for OpenStack implementations, adding support for Keystone v3 of OpenStack and Cinder v2, along with improved detection on providers without Cinder support.

Cloning an Instance On-Demand
Many enterprises are struggling to deploy and manage workloads at scale. ElasticBox has added a single pull-down button to clone an instance in production and all its related meta-data for deployment. With this single pull-down, users can now migrate a workload from one cloud to another by changing the deployment policy with a single click.

Kubernetes Support
While ElasticBox already supports the orchestration of Docker containers and Amazon ECS container support, ElasticBox has now added Kubernetes as another destination for applications. Kubernetes from the Google Compute Engine is supported as a deployment target, allowing users to build applications and package them with the appropriate configurations for the Google cloud. This expands the deployment options for customers who are seeking to create a wide range of applications that can be packaged into a container and managed via ElasticBox.

Continued Investments
With many enterprise IT organizations continuing to evaluate the feasibility of implementing cloud computing technologies within their own environment, mission-critical applications remain the primary consideration. Following is a list of on-going investments:

Management: Enhanced IT administration portal for managing users and permissions via AD or SAML environments, provisioning and reporting insights are available for key decisions related to performance. With this latest update, customers now have LDAP improvements to support thousands of groups.

Self-service portal experiences: IT can better manage users and workspaces while also defining which applications are made available based on internal policies defined by the enterprise. Self-service users include – application owners, IT administration and line-of-business users.

Public Application Boxes: ElasticBox has now added application boxes to the public repository. These application boxes combine all the components and microservices such as: frontend modules, databases, middle-tier application services, load balancers, and more. Like any other box, they can be modeled and deployed with a modern interactive live application viewer.

Product Information and Availability
Customers automatically gain access to the latest features that are enabled in both the SaaS and on-premises Virtual Appliance platform offerings.

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About ElasticBox
ElasticBox enables IT organizations to deploy and operate at scale based on unique infrastructure and application stack requirements, so businesses can innovate faster. By orchestrating the deployment of applications to private and public clouds, customers like Netflix, DeNA and Cytobank have accelerated their application deployments by 10x. With flexible and scalable boxes that are reusable, IT can leverage ElasticBox to provision complete application stacks, offer a sophisticated service catalog of enterprise applications and infrastructure. For more information, visit About Us.

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Gilbane Completes Auto Technology Project at Evergreen Community College, San Jose

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Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction services, is happy to announce that construction has been completed on Evergreen Valley College’s Auto Technology project. This is an important technical training facility for the college and the Evergreen community. In 2010, voters of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District passed Bond Measure G, providing funds to upgrade both their San Jose City and Evergreen campuses.

Henry Yong, the President of Evergreen Valley College thanked the voters for approving Measure G 2010, and said “the new building will allow EVC to offer state-of-the-art training to students looking to enter the dynamic automotive technology industry.”

The Automotive Technology (Auto Tech) Building at Evergreen Valley College will expand the college’s mission of the college to provide an environment that cultivates personal and intellectual growth, and prepares students for meaningful employment. Gilbane has been the construction management company overseeing the project. The building is approximately 25,800 square feet and consists of four labs/shops with 14 lifts, as well as 5 classrooms and specialized features for automobile manufacturer sponsored repair programs.

“This project was carefully planned to accommodate current needs, future growth and technological advances (alternative fuel cars) in automotive transportation”, says Mark Miller, Senior Project Executive, Gilbane Building Company, “this is a very exciting time for the District as well as the community, and we are happy this important project has been successfully completed.”

The purpose of this effort was to create a facility that will meet needs of technical community college students by providing educational training opportunities and continuing skills development for working adult students.

About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.gilbaneco.com.

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Impact Pediatric Health SXSW Interactive Startup Pitch Competition Announces 10 Finalists

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Impact Pediatric Health, the SXSW Interactive pediatric healthcare innovation pitch competition, today announced the 10 startup company finalists who will compete March 14 for a $50,000 prize, and invaluable feedback from a host of industry experts. Sesame Street’s furry blue monster, Grover, will make an appearance alongside Dr. Jordan Shlain at the event. A representative from Sesame Workshop will participate in the panel of judges, along with representatives from the four founding hospitals – Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – and additional supporting hospitals, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health. For more information, go to http://impactpediatrichealth.com/

Grover’s appearance is in conjunction with Sesame Workshop’s recent announcement of Sesame Ventures, a new initiative to support emerging companies aligned with Sesame’s mission to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

The ten finalists represent the best in digital health and medical device innovation focused on the pediatric market and include:

  •     Babyscripts, the only tool in pregnancy that remote monitors patients using Internet of Things medical devices & connects them to their doctor
  •     Brain Power, an augmented-reality smart-glass AI system to help children with autism learn self-control, and cognitive & social skills in home & hospital settings.
  •     Cognoa, provides a child development screening tool based on machine learning algorithms and digital therapeutics for speech, socialization, and sleep.
  •     Cohero Health, improves respiratory care through smart mobile devices that engage and empower patients by measuring lung function and tracking adherence.
  •     Dambkowski and Chehab Innovations, its LIFEbubble is a unique, simple device that stabilizes neonatal umbilical catheters and protects the insertion site to ensure security of the lifeline
  •     Nanofiber Solutions, a new paradigm in patient care with the development of tissue engineered vascular grafts for arteriovenous access for kidney disease.
  •     Qidza, its BabyNoggin teaches parents assess developmental milestones at home, give them training activities, and connect with experts if needed
  •     Sense.ly, a mobile-first, virtual healthcare assistant platform which helps clinicians better manage and communicate with their patients.
  •     Totohealth, an award-winning mobile innovation that utilizes mobile technology to save lives of mothers and children.
  •     Voiceitt, its Talkitt translates incoherent sounds into clear speech in real time, allowing the speech-disabled to communicate using their own voice

The alternate includes:

  •     Noninvasix, aims to improve maternal-fetal health by lowering the rate of c-sections, costs of care and medical claims via its enhanced fetal monitor

Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia came together to create Impact Pediatric Health, a one-of-a-kind pitch competition to help showcase, and support, the best pediatric healthcare innovations. SXSW Interactive is working with the founding hospitals on this event which is part of Startup Village, http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/startup-village, at the Hilton Downtown Austin.

Impact Pediatric Health showcases technologies that promise to deliver solutions specifically created for young patients. Startup CEOs have three minutes to pitch how their company is solving unique healthcare needs of children, from babies to teens. The Monday, March 14 stage presentation is followed by questions from the emcee and judges. A winner from among the 10 finalists will be announced at the end of the event and will receive a set of prizes. All participating companies will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the presenting pediatric hospitals. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge to attend this March 14 event.

This event is possible thanks to the four founding hospitals and the four additional supporting hospitals, as well as organizations like HopeLab, PediaWorks, and REDI Cincinnati.

About Impact Pediatric Health:
Now in its second year, Impact Pediatric Health is a one-of-a-kind pitch competition held annually at SXSW Interactive that is dedicated to showcasing and supporting the best pediatric healthcare innovations. Four of the largest and top ranked (according to US News and World Report) children’s hospitals in the U.S. came together to create Impact Pediatric Health. Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia collaborate to help next generation pediatric healthcare companies, especially those focused on digital health and medical devices, accelerate their businesses. For more information see http://impactpediatrichealth.com/ or follow us on twitter @pediatricpitch

About SXSW Interactive
The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2016 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to discover the technology of tomorrow today.

Join us in March 2016 for the sessions, the networking, the special events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator®, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, the SX Health & MedTech Expo, SX Create, The Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.

SXSW Interactive 2016 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Capital One, Bud Light, Deloitte Digital, McDonald’s, Ten-X, United Airlines, Samsung and The Austin Chronicle.

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Axino Solutions Acquires Ascom’s Systems & Solutions Business Unit

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Axino Solutions, a developer and provider of leading-edge OSS/BSS solutions, officially announced it has acquired Ascom’s Systems & Solutions business unit. The transaction is part of a strategic decision to accelerate the global roll out of its OSS/BSS product line for the global telecommunications market.

Michael Wallrath, Vice President of Ascom’s Network Testing business unit, was named Managing Director of Axino. The appointment of Wallrath, who oversaw and led Ascom’s Systems & Solutions division for the past 17 years, brings extensive telecom experience and leadership to the company and the business acumen to help ensure a transparent transition.

“The new investment will accelerate the global distribution of our award-winning OSS/BSS solutions and innovations”, said Wallrath. “The company represents nothing less than a true one-stop shop in every sense for our customers that need the right kind of experience, expertise and combination of service solutions to help them migrate from costly legacy systems to more efficient modules and platforms.”

The transaction was completed in December and will allow the business unit to continue its fast growth untethered and focus exclusively on the continued development of its best-in-class software solutions. The Ascom spin-off instantly thrusts Axino into the top-tier of companies worldwide in the telecommunications business software and systems solutions space. Axino, which is privately held, also develops software innovations for companies involved in the automotive, energy, retail and public municipality sectors.

Axino: OSS/BSS Solutions from A to Z

The fresh round of investment underscores the value and commitment our customers have placed in Axino and Ascom, according to Wallrath. He said Axino will increase spending across all areas of the business, most notably in development, systems engineering and customer service. Wallrath also said that Axino will bring on 75 employees from Ascom to bolster staffing.

The company plans to step up the global roll out of services such as its new Fraud Management & Revenue Assurance Solution, FAST, which was brought to market in late 2015. The solution, called game-changing by industry experts, enables carriers to spot and stop fraudulent back-alley operators from using illegal SIMBOX schemes to avoid interconnect fees in real time. Unlike other solutions that are costly, incomplete and technically outdated, Axino’s solution uses SVM (Support Vector Machines and ML (Machine Learning) technologies to instantly access and correlate xDRs, Aggregated xDRs and Subscriber xDRs, providing carriers the upper hand in identifying suspicious traffic patterns and origins before any revenue loss occurs.

Axino also plans to add additional services to the B2BSimpleX platform that was developed with several global carrier partners and carrier forums, including GBET and GSC. The platform earned Best Service Innovation at the 2014 Global Carriers Awards conference sponsored by Capacity Media and provides carriers automated capabilities to negotiate and exchange interconnect contracts with trading partners far more quickly and efficiently. Additional solutions, including the IPS platform and modules that automate carrier billing processes across the board, will also be rolled out to the carrier community.

“We are extraordinarily positioned as the solutions developer and systems integrator of choice, said Wallrath. “We look forward to continuing our work and partnership with carriers worldwide to develop the type of solutions and products that will help them grow and prosper.”

About Axino

Axino Solutions is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and is a leading-edge communications solutions and services provider worldwide. The company develops innovative software and systems for planning and implementation of comprehensive customer-specific software IT solutions for various customer segments, such as telecommunications, automotive, energy, retail and public municipalities.

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Microsoft to ship developer HoloLens for $3,000 in March

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Microsoft says it will start shipping a developer version of its augmented reality device, HoloLens, for $3,000 on March 30.

That’s around the same time Facebook’s Oculus will begin shipping the consumer version of its Rift virtual-reality headset for $600. HoloLens differs from the Oculus Rift in that it makes the viewer see three-dimensional objects in the real world, rather than blocking out the real and replacing it with a 360-degree fictional universe.

The HoloLens operates on Windows 10 and unlike the Rift, requires no tethering to a separate computer.

It’ll use a custom-built chip designed on an Intel platform. It’ll let users record high-definition video that recreates a mix of holographs overlaid on the real world that can be shared with people without the device.